The Sociology Major
Sociology is the study of human social behavior and sociologists examine interactions within and between groups and resulting social institutions. The undergraduate program in sociology provides a general analysis and broad understanding of human societies and culture for persons in all fields. Selecting courses around a topic or theme of interest adds meaning to one’s education and strengthens the base of understanding from which one can pursue a career or further education. Two options are currently available for those interested — Crime and Justice, and Environmental and Natural Resource Sociology — although students can shape a custom theme such as international development or social policy.
A minimum of 48 credits of sociology coursework, to include the following:
Additional recommendations and restrictions:
- A GPA of 2.5 must be earned in sociology course work. A grade of C- or better is required in SOC 315, SOC 316, and SOC 413. Upper division coursework cannot be taken S/U.
- A maximum of 8 credits from SOC 406 (projects) and/or SOC 410 (internship) may be applied to the 48 credit minimum.
- A maximum of 12 credits of lower division sociology can be transferred/accepted toward sociology requirements.
- Students may pursue either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The B.A. emphasizes foreign language study, while the B.S. involves science, computer science, and quantitative studies. See an advisor to discuss the best choice for you.
(all courses four credits except where indicated)
The clusters of courses listed below illustrate ways in which students may organize their elective coursework in sociology. Students may also design their own cluster in consultation with a faculty advisor. Interest clusters are for guidance purposes only and are not required.
SOCIAL INTERACTION AND GROUP RELATIONS
DEVIANCE AND SOCIAL CONTROL
SOCIAL SYSTEMS AND SOCIAL CHANGE
ENVIRONMENTAL & NATURAL RESOURCES
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